Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomes the Hon. Mark Dreyfus, Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for the Arts, to the Bendigo electorate for an intensive two-day tour.
Mr Dreyfus will visit galleries, arts hubs, theatres and La Trobe University over Thursday and Friday.
He will speak with at least 300 students, artists, volunteers, performers, council and cultural representatives.
Ms Chesters says no other Shadow Minister has spent such an extensive time in the Bendigo electorate.
“I invited Mark to Bendigo and central Victoria to help us become a hothouse for the arts and further develop a robust cultural economy,” she says.
“This tour has everything and I am really proud that he is spending so much time with us in central Victoria.
“Mark will take part in a one-minute self-portrait competition with a local artist at Lot 19 in Castlemaine and tour our world famous Bendigo Art Gallery.
“He will also be presenting a speech to third year La Trobe Visual Arts students, touring the Ulumbarra Theatre Development and hosting art sector gatherings in Castlemaine and Bendigo.”
Ms Chesters said the Bendigo electorate was home to a growing number of arts professionals.
“With the right mix of commercial, public and community investment our cultural industry will continue to grow,” she says.